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West Ham decision to loan out Frederik Alves suggests David Moyes is confident of defender deal soon

West Ham United boss David Moyes appears to be confident of landing a centre back in the next week or two.

That’s if his reported decision to loan out young centre half Frederik Alves is anything to go by.

According to a host of sources including SB Nation Roker Report, Danish international Alves, 21, is being loaned out to League One side Sunderland.

There had been talk that January signing Alves will be used in West Ham’s first team squad this season.


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Apparent Alves U-turn will leave Moyes short on centre-backs

But the defender – who played well for Denmark in this summer’s Under 21 Championships – now looks set to be loaned out.

Having let Fabian Balbuena leave on a free transfer, West Ham have only Angelo Ogbonna, Craig Dawson and Issa Diop as bonafide centre-back options.

Aaron Cresswell and Declan Rice can both play there too if needed, though.

But Moyes’s decision would surely suggest the Scot is confident he is about to bring in a new centre-back having been chasing Fiorentina’s Nikola Milenkovic and Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma for some time.

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If Hammers are to loan out young defender it surely suggests Moyes is confident new arrival is close

The Hammers have also been linked with Duje Caleta-Car and Nayef Aguerd.

Some West Ham fans are growing increasingly restless at the lack of arrivals.

So far Moyes has only signed goalkeeper Alphonse Areola.

The Hammers boss has conceded he does need to improve his squad. But he told the media ahead of the opening game that he only wants players who can improve his side (Football London).

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Moyes knows he needs more depth but won’t be pressured into signing players for the sake of it

And he also reiterated he will not be pressured to sign players just to appease supporters.

West Ham open what promises to be a jam-packed campaign with European football when they take on Newcastle on Sunday.

The Magpies beat West Ham twice last season. And many Hammers fans see those defeats as the ones which cost Moyes’s side a place in the Champions League.

In other news, Roy Keane and Gary Neville tell Man United man to join West Ham.

And squad depth in focus as West Ham face losing Benrahma and Diop in January.

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